Grounded in science, driven by curiosity

Body-centred Therapy

Personalized, evidence-based practices to support your mental and physical health
Jools Andrés
Body-centred therapy is a multi-faceted, flexible approach that includes:

Listening & Recognition

Body-centred Therapy begins with a dialogue to explore current conditions and concerns and develop awareness of prevailing triggers, feelings, and habits. Clients learn to link psychological insights and somatic awareness to quality of thought and response to stress.

This work leads to the movement and somatic aspects of sessions. Whether goals are aimed at health / fitness or psychological / spiritual - or a combination - discussion and fully informed consent help determine approach and clarify expectations. 

Movement Therapy & Somatic Awareness

Yoga, movement, and somatic awareness improve overall strength, balance, and flexibility. These help establish trust in the body and comfort with a variety of physical experiences.

Physical work can take the form of a targeted, goal-oriented fitness-type program or, at the other end of the spectrum, gentle, trauma-sensitive exploration and movement to address problem areas such as reduced mobility and stiffness, overexercising, "trigger points," chronic pain, trauma / ptsd, and recovery from surgery, injury, or illness.

Breathing Techniques

Easily learned breathing patterns can be practiced anytime, anywhere and can improve conditions such as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and much more.

Focused Relaxation

Deeply focused relaxation and visualization teach clients to systematically release tension and develop self-compassion skills to help ride the waves of life.

Body scans, guided imagery, and tools to recognize emerging and ever-changing emotions help increase  confidence and self-reliance.

Interplay: the way in which two or more things have an effect on each other
definitions + disclaimers

Jools' professional work is based on decades of experience in sports and movement along with foundations in the sciences of anatomy and physiology, neurobiology, evolutionary biology, and empirical psychology - all key to working within an accountable, regulated health care system.

Please note:

Jools works with her clients to co-create personalized, evidence-based support practices for those encountering challenges in the areas outlined. Her Body-centred Therapy work provides wholistic practices that fit well into interdisciplinary health teams, particularly in the areas of addictions and eating disorders, systemic chronic conditions such as MS, RA, and FMS*, and aftercare for cancer treatment and many types of surgery.

If you have a chronic condition or are recovering from surgery, it is important for you to discuss any concerns with your family doctor prior to your participation; ask if the methods described here are safe for your specific health conditions. In some instances you may be required to supply a doctor's permission note to Jools prior to commencement of therapy.

A message from Jools:
"My work is based on education, training, and life and professional experience. Change isn't easy, and it's usually not very quick. I do not promise magic bullets, profess to be a ‘healer’ or 'shaman,' sell dietary plans, supplements, gimmicks, gadgets, essential oils, or other 'remedies.' 
"I do not adhere to a specific yoga 'lineage' or brand, or follow a leader, teacher, or guru. Ask me about these if you want to know why."

*Multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia syndrome

International Association of Yoga Therapists

Yoga Alliance